Mikkel Kessler’s comeback will we see Kessler V Froch 3

On Friday last week the Viking Warrior Mikkel Kessler announced he was coming out of retirement. This has led to a number of people within boxing and boxing fans alike to ask why, and will we see Kessler V Froch 3?

Mikkel Kessler hasn’t fought since May 2013 in a losing effort to Carl Froch in their rematch, and he officially announced his retirement on social media in February 2015. So he’s been out of the ring for nearly 4 years, this is not the first time a boxer has come back after retiring check out my post on Top 10 Boxing Comebacks. I have heard a number of people give their opinion on why he’s coming back many people suggesting that it could be money motivated. However I don’t think so, I think he’s coming back to prove to himself that he can still do it, in my opinion those are the most dangerous comebacks because all fighters think they’ve got one more in them. For a prime example look at when Ricky Hatton tried to comeback he got himself into great shape, but when it came to fight night it just wasn’t there anymore.

Another thing that concerns me about this comeback is the fact that Kessler had a very hard career with a number of serious injuries including a number of hand injuries, after his fight with Andre Ward in the Super Six he was forced to take a 9 month brake from boxing with an eye injury. Although he made a full recovery from these injuries you have to ask at his age is he putting himself at an unnecessary risk.

Kessler V Froch 3

Since Friday a number of names have been thrown into the ring excuse the pun, including the IBF champion James DeGale. However I think the fight the world wants to see is Kessler V Froch 3. These two treated the world to two jaw dropping fights. In their first fight Kessler won a unanimous decision.

Three years later in 2013 the pair went to war again and once again gave us an all out war, this time Froch came out victorious by unanimous decision.

So things looked all set for the third fight but it never happened. Froch continued to box and went on to have two great fights with George Groves. However Froch hasn’t stepped into the ring since that stunning knockout of Groves in the 8th round in their rematch at Wembley in 2014.

So will it happen after Kessler announced he was coming back, Froch took to social media to say that Kessler coming back has given him a lot to think about. From what I’ve read it looks like the fight could happen at light heavyweight, I’m sure more will come to light in the coming days and weeks.

The big question is should the 3rd fight happen? These two fighters were both warriors in the ring, and 3 years ago it would have been a great fight. However they’ve both been out of the ring for nearly 4 years and 4 years is a life time in boxing, and have ever of them got one more trip to the well in them. When Froch has talked about coming back he’s always said he retired from boxing, boxing didn’t retire him. I’ve got a feeling that if Froch came back I think that’s what might happen, and more importantly what would Froch’s motivation be because he’s already avenged his loss in the rematch.

I know this is going to be one of those subjects that is going to split fans, so comment below and let me know your thoughts.

10 Fights We Will Never See

Following my previous two posts on fights the never lived up to the hype and fights that shocked the world, I thought it would be a good Idea to look at some fights we will never get to see so here is my top 10.

10  Ricky Hatton V Junior Witter 

This fight looked like a good fight on paper and it was been talked about for years but I think there’s a number of reasons why it never happened. Firstly both men were at very different stages in their careers Hatton was knocking on the door of a world title shot and Witter was still fighting at British title level. Another reason why I think the fight never happen was because although it would have been a huge fight for British boxing at the time I don’t think it would have attracted a global audience. I think if the fight was been talked about today it would probably happen because of social media and the way fights are made these day’s.

So who would of won well both men were known for been big body punchers but I think Hatton would get the knockout early because he had fought at a higher level than Witter.

9 Klitschko V Klitschko 

Now we all know this fight is never going to happen but what if it did two fighters and brothers who have dominated the heavyweight world for over 10 years. The two brothers have always refused to fight one another because they wouldn’t put their mother through it, it has been reported that American fight promoter Don King once offered the pair $100 million and they turned it down.

If it had happened who would of won it would be a close fight but I think the younger of the two Vitali would just edge it on points.

8 David Haye V Tyson Fury 

This fight was scheduled to happen in 2013 but Haye had to pull out with a shoulder injury, it was then rescheduled for the following year but Haye again pulled out on medical advice.  Although Haye has now made a comeback I still can never see the fight happening for two reasons. Firstly I think the public are so disillusioned with the fight not happening the first time around that I think they’ve lost interest with the fight and the fighters. The second reason I can never see this fight happening is because of Tyson Fury’s well publicised out of the ring problems and I can’t see him stepping in a ring again.

Who would have won this one I don’t think Haye could cope with Fury’s power, however if Haye could keep the fight at range and box Fury he would probably win it on points or by a late stoppage. If Fury could get on the inside and use his power and weight advantage he could probably stop Haye.

7 Riddick Bowe V Lennox Lewis 

The makings for this fight go back to the 88 Olympics when Lewis beat Bowe to the heavyweight gold medal. After the Olympics that year both men turned professional and they both quickly made a name for themselves in the heavyweight ranks.  In 92 Bowe beat Holyfield for the world title, and Bowe was meant to fight Lewis but opted to be stripped of the belt rather than fight Lewis. I don’t blame Bowe for this as it has been reported to have been his management team that advised him to do this. Many people believe the reason the fight never happen was because Lewis was the wrong sort of fighter for Bowe, and the fact that Lewis’s reputation took a battering after he lost to Oliver McCall.

I think if this fight did happen Lewis would have given Bowe a boxing lesson, and ether ease to a points win or knock him out in the middle rounds.

6 Mike Tyson V Anthony Joshua 

This would have been great for the heavyweight division because it would have been a fight that the whole world would want to see, it would also get casual boxing fans and the public talking about the sport. A lot of people believe it would be a miss match but I’m not sure two fighters with similar records, styles and knockout percentage sounds like a dream match to me.

Who would win the easy answer to that question is who ever lands clean first there’s no way this fight would go the distance.

5 Joe Calzaghe V Carl Froch 

This is a fight that should have happened Calzaghe was the undisputed champion of the world and Froch was the young up and coming fighter. Their styles would have made for a great fight but by the time Froch  was in a position to fight for the title Calzaghe refused to give him a shot, instead he moved up to light heavyweight to take on an ageing Bernard Hopkins.  Many people believe he did this so that he didn’t have to face Froch because he knew he couldn’t beat him and he was protecting his undefeated record.

When this fight should have taken place Froch would have been faster and a more powerful puncher than Calzaghe. It would have been a good tight fight but I believe Froch would have knock him out as age caught  up with Calzaghe.

4 Carl Froch V Mikkel Kessler 3

As  we know these two warriors gave us two great fights the first fight in 2010 was a contender for fight of the year and Kessler won a wide if somewhat controversial unanimous decision. In their rematch in 2013 they gave us another hard fought 12 round fight, this time Froch won a unanimous decision. So things were all set up for the rubber match unfortunately Kessler picked up an eye injury in the second fight and was force to retire which was a shame because these two always brought out the best in one another, and they always put on great fights.

To say who would win this one is a hard one I think it would have been another hard fight and I think the judges would of had to split them.

3 Mike Tyson V Riddick Bowe

I think the whole world wanted to see this fight but I can think of reasons why this fight didn’t happen the fight was going to happen but in 92 Tyson was sent to prison on charges of rape and by the time he came out in 95, Bowe was on the slide and well past his best. The fight could have happened in 96 but it was obvious that Bowe was past it when he lost twice to Andrew Golota. The second reason why the fights never happen could have been because Tyson and Bowe were friends they even went to the same school.

To say who would have won this one is a hard one because their styles would have gone together well whoever would of won there would been no need for judges.

2 Ken Norton V Joe Frazier 

These two fighters were probably the two biggest fighters of the 70s so why did they never get it on. I think there are two reasons for this, one could be the fact that they were both trained by the same trainer Eddie Futch. The other reason could be the fact that they were really close friends and Frazier is quoted on a number of occasions saying he wouldn’t fight Norton under any circumstances.

This one is a hard one to call because they were both big punchers but I think Frazier would get the stoppage in the late rounds with one of his trademark left hooks.

1 Rocky Marciano V Muhammad Ali 

Fans still debate this fight to this day who really was the greatest of all time. In 1969 a computer said that Marciano would win. In my opinion I think the computer was right Ali might have won the early rounds, but even in his prime I don’t think Ali would have the stamina to fight someone like Marciano. It’s just a shame we will never get to find out.

Well that’s my list please comment below and let me know what you think and who would make your list.